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Poster: Lum Edwards Date: Aug 19, 2010 5:48pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: What Is Gone

I think that if they were going to claim them they would have done so. I think R$ has some sort of claim to the shows removed though I do not know how strong or of what type the claims may be. I am certain that copyrights do not exist for at least some of the shows gone. What may be is that R$ has went to the estates of these people and made a deal to license the Name and Likeness offically.

>>>From http://www.falconpicturegroup.com/AboutUs.html


Over the past 20 years, Amari has licensed more than 60,000 radio shows and has entered into business relationships with numerous companies, owners and estates including: CBS, MGM, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Westwood One, NBC, The Frank Sinatra Estate, The Alfred Hitchcock Estate, Broadway Video, The Ray Bradbury Estate, Goldenbooks, Classic Media, TV Guide, The Smithsonian Institution, The Orson Welles Estate, The Leslie Charteris Estate, Conde Nast Publications, The Bing Crosby Estate, Larry Harmon Pictures, MCA Universal, The Jack Benny Estate, The George Burns & Gracie Allen Estate, The Abbott & Costello Estate, Archie Comics, The Conan Doyle Estate, The Red Skelton Estate, The Milton Berle Estate, The Jimmy Stewart Estate, American Movie Classics, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., The Humphrey Bogart Estate, DC Comics. Mr. Amari has also negotiated endorsement agreements with many celebrities including: Walter Cronkite, Andy Williams, George Burns, Ray Bradbury, Wes Craven and Jerry Lewis. <<<


Holding the rights to a valid trademark doesnt always mean the shows cannot be PD. Take Superman for example, Likely one of the most guarded trademarked names but there are sure enough PD cartoons here on IA. R$ also left intact the 15 pages of Superman OTR.

In my opinion These are mostly shadow claims to phantom rights. Would they hold up under a court case. Dunno but I am not the one going to pick a fight with the "800 pound Gorilla".

Mike D.

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Poster: adamelijah Date: Aug 19, 2010 7:34pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: What Is Gone

I think you're right. One thing that makes me slightly less worried about Dragnet or Yours Truly Johnny Dollar is that Radio Archives is selling sets of both already. Radio Archives is a prime competitor in the high end CD market, so it seems if they were going to try and corner Dragnet, they'd get their "rights" enforced over there. However, I've already all 14 Johnny Dollar CDs downloaded and getting the last of Dragnet tonight...just in case.